Category Archives: Legislative News

Lots of law changes from snowmobiles to guns to hunting

Each day this week, I’ll post columns about all the new laws and law changes that govern firearms, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities. Here is column number one.  Moose Permits Selection procedure.   Permittees are selected by a public chance drawing, except that a permit must be issued to any resident who is […]

Snake wraps up woman and bites her face

“Oh, please. I have a boa constrictor stuck to my – my face!” How’d you like to be the 911 dispatcher who got that call? This Ohio woman had moved the 5 ½ foot Boa Constrictor to her home recently, and apparently it wasn’t happy there. It wrapped itself around her neck and began biting […]

Alter your fish and you’ll be in big trouble

A new law governing fisheries included language that “prohibits anglers from altering fish, including smelts, from their natural state until after they have conducted a wet measure.” That’s the way the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife described their proposal, sponsored for the agency by Senator Scott Cyrway, Senate chair of the IFW Committee. Cyrway, […]

State agrees to controversial take-over of Forest City dam.

A very-late-in-the-session legislative bill calling for a state takeover of the Forest City Dam on the St. Croix River was hotly debated. Several key changes were made, and the bill was enacted and signed by the Governor. One of the major concerns expressed by IFW Committee members was the expense of maintaining this large dam, […]

Legislature overrides Governor’s veto of Public Lands bill

After several years of intense effort, a bill governing our public lands has been enacted, thanks to votes in the House and Senate to override the Governor’s veto of the bill. Several legislators, including my State Senator Tom Saviello, and our state’s major environmental groups, deserve credit for crafting this bill and never giving up […]

Deer feeding ban extended from June 1 to December 15.

The legislature extended the ban on deer feeding, while rejecting a bill to allow hunters to bait deer. And don’t worry, the deer won’t starve because of these actions. LD 767, sponsored by Representative Lance Harvell of Farmington, extended the prohibition on deer feeding. The bill was enacted and signed into law by the governor. […]

Tear down a land posting sign and you’ll lose your hunting and fishing license

The landowner relations program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife got a major boost this year. LD 1391 nearly tripled the program’s funding, recognizing that this program is critically important to all of us who enjoy recreating on private land. If you need to know why this is so important, please read farmer […]